Busy Earning… Still going

January 17, 2016

Page20INPROGRESSA spoilerific image perhaps but I felt it was worth posting to show I haven’t ditched Greta & Co just yet.

I doubt I could convey quite how desperate I am to push things forward and finish this long overdue story (though my partner is probably sick of hearing about it), still I will finish it and I am getting serious again, just trying to find a rhythm that works with alongside the day job and all the other little distractions.

That update is coming soon and it should be followed by ones that aren’t a month apart.


Delays as always

December 14, 2015

Ack. Annoying as the sluggish comic updates may be I’ve got my hands full at the minute starting a new job and juggling an ongoing freelance project. As much as it pains me procrastinating at the climax of the story I’ve got to prioritize realistically to keep things sustainable…

On the bright side, the aforementioned freelance work is proving quite enjoyable indeed as I’m making storyboards, concepts and animatics (below) for a forthcoming short film; all good practice which appropriately goes full circle to my educational roots in film production.

One way or another, I’m determined as ever to press on and get plenty more Apothecary Supreme out around Christmas with a goal of finishing this story early next year. Am I massive fraud making up yet more empty excuses? We shall see…


Keeping it going…

November 11, 2015

The nice thing about finishing a comic page (eventually) is that it opens up seemingly limitless opportunities for the next one:

http://apothecarysupreme.thecomicseries.com/comics/19

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Suffice to say I’ll try to make the following ones a little more regular ;)


Job Seeking and Carbon Monoxide

October 5, 2015

Just a quick update to show plenty more comic is on the way. I got slowed down a fair bit last week as I had an important job interview to prepare for, which involved much reshuffling of my portfolio and excessive preparation for improbable questions.

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I figured with that clear I’d have some time to push forward with Apothecary Supreme but got a nasty scare yesterday when our house’s Carbon Monoxide alarm went off; not for the first time either as it had gone off the day before which we’d put down to it passing a detector’s typical lifespan.

As it turns out, builders working on the joined house next door had – in what may be one of the most negligent acts I’ve ever witnessed – temporarily moved the boiler flue INSIDE the extension being built, slowly filling up our homes with the toxic gas. I’m all for forgiving mistakes but considering this one could have killed us perhaps I can be forgiven for being completely furious.

On the bright side (if there is one) this disturbing incident got me out of the house for the day and I had a decent run sketching out forthcoming pages in a coffee shop. Meanwhile, page 17 just needs some cleanup and dialogue before it finally surfaces.

I’ll likely post it later today, in the meantime folks I would highly commend the values of a decent CO detector…


Where my life’s at

August 11, 2015

Well, I won’t be overly dramatic. Things aren’t exactly terrible but lately they have been turbulent.

Evidence I haven't completely neglected AS in the last month...

Evidence I haven’t completely neglected AS in the last month…

Apothecary Supreme has been on ice for well over a month which is pretty damn embarrassing after my little speeches about getting organised and motivated but it hasn’t been forgotten, rather I’ve been drawn to more immediate concerns. You guessed it, my real real job.

Part of this has been down to assisting with a rather large freelance commission but more pertinently as of a week ago I found myself to be victim of what you might euphemise as a ‘restructuring’ at work; as it stands I’m not sure how I should feel about this being largely inevitable and unconnected to my performance, but regardless it’s thrown most of my immediately plans into disarray. Creative employment is often difficult to come by and while the role was often demanding it was in a niche I didn’t feel ready to leave. I can at least be thankful that those close to me have been very supportive through what could well be a difficult transition.

On the flipside, I presently feel more determined than ever to keep my own creative practices going in the absence of stable employment. Having worked hard in a job that no longer exists returning to my comic is not just self therapy but feels essential in order to keep my creative juices flowing till they can be applied professionally elsewhere and as ever I’m determined to get something solid finished which I can print up for conventions and the like.

There’s plenty more to say but with a new page on the verge of completion and the next few coming together it seems a shame not to the ride the momentum. I’ll make every effort to update regularly again and be more proactive online in the coming weeks.


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